500/1 (1966) Review

manufacturer: Hofner date: 07/12/2005 category: Bass Guitars
Hofner: 500/1 (1966)
500/1 Bass, aka "Beatle Bass" is perhaps one of the most easily identifiable instruments thanks to Paul McCartney's liberal use of the model with Beatles.
 Overall Impression: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 10 
 Users rating:
 8.9 
 Votes:
 23 
review (1) 8 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 10
500/1 (1966) Reviewed by: Warmflash, on july 12, 2005
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Features: Introduced in 1956, the 500/1 Bass, aka "Beatle Bass" is perhaps one of the most easily identifiable instruments thanks to Paul McCartney's liberal use of the model with Beatles. - Body: hollow; 2-piece laminated spruce top, laminated maple sides, 1-piece laminated maple back - Finish: sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer - Neck: 2-piece maple, set-in - Fingerboard: rosewood; pearloid dot markers - Number of frets: 22 - Pickguard: single ply pearloid plastic - Bridge: Hofner, ebony - Nut: plastic with zero fret - Tuners: open, chrome - Pickups: two, Hofner Nova-Sonic humbucking - Controls: volume for each pickup, selector switch for each pickup, bass/treble switch - Scale length: 30" - Neck width at nut: 1 9/16" - Body width at lower bout: 11 1/4" - Body depth: 2 1/4". // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The action was set up too high on the G and D strings. And too low on the E and A strings. That's an easy adjustment to fix. // 10

Overall Impression: I play pop music, gospel, new orleans etc. I've been playing for 30 years. Although I have a Ricky, which I love, the more I learn about the Hofner the more I prefer it. It's an odd bass. It's not on Main Street. So getting info about compressors and what sort of strings to get is often a mystery. Part of the reason I'm writing today is to demystify the workings of a Hofner. So you to can have a happy and rich musical experience. One thing you should note. You can't pop or snap on a Hof. Grab another bass for that. But if you want a beautiful rich woodsy warm sounding bass, that has so much melodic surface, get yourself a 500/1. I love pops and snaps, but I leave it to Flea and Co. When you've had enough snapping, check out a Hofner. And don't forget to scope the Hofner Delux. Lastly, after you start playing a Hofner, you'll quickly begin to recognize the sound of other Hofners on recordings. Bryan Adam's plays one, Maurice Gibb (rip) played one, the bassist in KD Langs band plays one. // 10

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